mugwump, independent, fencesitter(noun)
a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
freelancer, freelance, free-lance, free lance, independent, self-employed person(adj)
a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
free from external control and constraint
"an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"
autonomous, independent, self-governing, sovereign(adj)
(of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
"an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"
(of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence
"the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"
not controlled by a party or interest group
A candidate or voter not affiliated with any political party, a free thinker, free of a party platform.
A neutral or uncommitted person.
not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free
not affiliated with any political party
Origin: From Latin independens, present participle from prefix in-, not, plus dependens, dependent or literally hanging from, from verb dependere, depend, hang from, from prefix de-, from or concerning, plus pendere, hang
not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly independent
affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent property
not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious; self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind
expressing or indicating the feeling of independence; free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or manner
separate from; exclusive; irrespective
belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the doctrines or methods of, the Independents
not dependent upon another quantity in respect to value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or functions
not bound by party; exercising a free choice in voting with either or any party
one who believes that an organized Christian church is complete in itself, competent to self-government, and independent of all ecclesiastical authority
one who does not acknowledge an obligation to support a party's candidate under all circumstances; one who exercises liberty in voting
In politics, an independent or nonpartisan politician is an individual not affiliated to any political party. There are numerous reasons why someone may stand for office as an independent. Independents may hold a centrist viewpoint between those of major political parties. Sometimes they hold a viewpoint more extreme than any major party, or they may have a viewpoint based on issues that they do not feel that any major party addresses. Other independent politicians may be associated with a political party, be former members of it, or have views that align with it, but choose not to stand under its label. Others may belong to or support a political party but believe they should not formally represent it and thus be subject to its policies. Some independents choose to form an alliance rather than a party and have formally registered their "independents" group. In some countries political parties are illegal and all candidates effectively stand as independents. Finally, some independent candidates may form a political party for the purposes of running for public office.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-de-pend′ent, adj. (with of) not dependent or relying on others: not subordinate: not subject to bias: affording a comfortable livelihood: belonging to the Independents: (gram.) of some parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb), capable of forming sentences without the others.—n. one who in ecclesiastical affairs holds that every congregation should be independent of every other and subject to no superior authority—a Congregationalist: (math.) not depending on another for its value, said of a quantity or function.—ns. Independ′ence, Independ′ency.—adv. Independ′ently.—Declaration of Independence, the document embodying the reasons for the secession of the thirteen colonies of America from England, reported to the Continental Congress, July 4, 1776—observed in the United States as a legal holiday—Independence Day.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A merchant ship under naval control sailed singly and unescorted by a warship. See also military independent.
Funded and supported by a variety of sustainable forms of income rather than by a form of government benefit, government support or income.
Citizens aspire to be independent people who can earn an income and not have to apply for a government benefit, government support or income.Submitted by MC Harmonious on March 18, 2017
A type of political candidate or elected politician who seek to represent their constituency or electoral ward rather than represent a political party.
My father stood in the local elections as an independent politician.Submitted by MC Harmonious on March 25, 2017
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Rank popularity for the word 'independent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1015
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Rank popularity for the word 'independent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1727
Rank popularity for the word 'independent' in Adjectives Frequency: #124
The numerical value of independent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of independent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of independent in a Sentence
Millennials are coming in as more independent.
Certainly the independent Kurdistan is coming.
For example, graduating independent journalists.
It really cut down on her ability to feel independent.
He would run as a democrat or possibly as an independent.
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- حر, مستقلArabic
- independentCatalan, Valencian
- memstara, sendependaEsperanto
- itsenäinen, vapaa, sitoutumaton, riippumatonFinnish
- neo-eisimeileachScottish Gaelic
- سهربهخۆ, سهربهستKurdish
- independens, sui iurisLatin
- независнa, независно, независeнMacedonian
- niezależny, niezawisły, niezrzeszonyPolish
- independent, liberRomanian
- неовисан, nȅovisan, независан, самосталан, sȁmostālan, nezávisanSerbo-Croatian
- självständig, oberoendeSwedish
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